“After having read this book twice, I firmly believe that it should be an integral part of every family’s household.” Nicola Burt-Skinner, life & business coach,
The Wellness Academy
“3 children in every classroom have a mental health problem”
The statistics are staggering and when you consider the majority of mental health problems are established by the age of 14 years, there is work to be done. In schools, it is suggested that out of an average classroom of 30 15-year-old pupils, 3 could have a mental disorder, 7 are likely to have been bullied, 6 may be self-harming and at least 10 would have been through a traumatic event such as a parental breakup or the death of a loved one. Kelly Rose has witnessed all of the above and found that ‘nourishing’ our teens with healthy foods and a toolbox of healthy strategies are keys to supporting positive mental health.
“Everything I have learned from my own children, and the young people I teach as well as a myriad of research on mental health, the teenage brain and nutrition is contained in the book. My hope is that you can consult the book at many stages of your child’s development into adulthood for advice and tips, and also remind yourself that you are doing a wonderful job already.” – Kelly Rose RNutr
About Nourish Your Teen
Teenagers are under more pressure than ever, and that stress is impacting the mental health of both the child and their family. Most teens struggle with: exam anxiety, self-image, poor dietary choices, constant comparison, a parental split, bullying, self-harming, eating disorders and fluctuating moods/ energy levels
Both as a mother, teacher and, nutritionist, Kelly Rose strives to improve teenagers’emotional resilience and happiness. She’s worked with teens suffering from mental health issues and have seen the impact that small steps towards change and strategies can make.
Adolescence can be a testing time for both parent and child. In this book, she breaks down exactly what you can do to navigate through in a positive way, enabling you to create a nurturing environment and empower your teen with a healthy mind, body, and soul. She also shows you how to empathise and guide your teen through the inevitable rocky patches, as well as ways to ensure you enjoy time with them too. This book is filled with advice to help you embrace the teenage years with a newfound freedom.
Paperback £10.99 ISBN: 978-1912145744
Kindle £3.99 ASIN: B077YMVNQR
About Kelly Rose RNutr
Kelly Rose is passionate about nutrition and the difference it can make to our lives and that of our families. She works with secondary school children to help give them a solid nutritional grounding. She is also a health campaigner with a passion for improving school food and giving the younger generation a chance to become savvy consumers with the skills to establish healthy habits.
She is based in Darlington and available for interview/comment
Review copies and high res images available on request
For more information please contact: email@example.com or visit www.nourishminds.co.uk
What single piece of advice would you give parents of teens?
I would have to say the best advice I have been given and something that has stayed with me is that your children watch you, they will learn behaviours and they will do what you do, therefore your actions are so much more powerful than your words.
How do you feel about energy drinks in schools?
As a teacher, I see the effects of energy drinks on our children everyday. Every school in my area banned energy drinks a long time ago. The issue is that young people are still buying them, many parents are buying them for their children too. Banning them from school has not prevented the consumption. I recently gave a talk to Darlington schools and shared the latest research on the negative impacts related to stress, sleep, mood, tooth decay and suicidal tendencies, caffeine overdose, brain and heart effects, tooth decay and of course obesity.
It is important to share the latest research and negative impacts with parents and include it within assemblies and PSHE lessons in schools. Furthermore, children are starting to consume these drinks in primary schools and at this age they are more open to health messages and campaigns to increase their self-esteem, and to try healthy foods. It is great that Jamie Oliver is shining a light on this issue as we need to raise awareness. Having said this, other sugary drinks and breakfasts of sweets and chocolate also impact classroom behaviour.
How can you help a child that is hooked on sugar?
I think you would find it difficult today to find a child that is not ‘hooked on sugar’. My tips to parents would be: make it easy for your children to choose the healthy options in the house, and also to teach them there are no bad foods, but there are foods that should be enjoyed occasionally rather than daily, educate them to be discerning. The food industry have a lot of money to spend on sophisticated marketing and you can read about this and how to approach this with your children in my book.
I see clients regularly who have autoimmune conditions linked to a poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle, and they have decided to take the power back and understand food is medicine.
What do you wish you had known about nutrition when you were a child?
I have to say, my parents taught me so much; they worked so hard to give us a great life. They were busy, really busy, both working 100 hours most weeks. Family mealtimes were a rarity. My mum had never been taught anything about nutrition and in the 80s it was all about dieting and so that was what she did yo-yoing from weight to weight, frustrated with her body. She did not know the impact this would have on her young daughter. My dad indulged in takeaways and junk foods at every opportunity, and so I became very confused about what healthy eating was.
My self-loathing as a teen led me into some extremely dark times. It was only after travelling in my early twenties that I made the decision to change my mindset, lose weight in a healthy way and feel good. I learned about nutrition, which was then mainly based around low fat, ‘oh how this has changed’, we need good fats to be healthy and to thrive. Nutritional science is relatively new and we are learning so much all of the time. Doing my food science degree was one of the best times in my life, and I consider myself a lifelong learner, continually studying.
Do you have any practical advice for parents?
As a busy mum myself, I know how crazy life can get and how life can simply get in the way. There are easy ways to bring healthy foods into your family’s life, and habits you can cultivate as a family to not only increase your immunity and health, but to increase your children’s self-esteem. Food is emotive and powerful; it is our fuel and a source of community and enjoyment. In my book there are many tips to bring these habits into your home along with an example food plan. You can download an easy recipe book with tried and tested teen-friendly recipes that you and your children can cook from from my website: passionatenutrition.co.uk
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Much love and health,